A homecoming long overdue
Richard Jenkins spent just seven months in the jungles of Vietnam. He's spent 44 years coping with the aftermath.
The 66-year-old Newport man returned to Minnesota in 1966, physically hurt after meeting a jungle booby trap two months into his tour. And he came back emotionally wounded, too, the unseen after effects of a vicious war and an American homecoming that left him and other veterans feeling rejected and abandoned.
"A chunk," Jenkins says, "was ripped from our soul."
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